With the restrictions imposed by the government it is now difficult for us to collect and deliver food to the foodbank, though this situation is improving You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever as panic buying and wage cuts take effect How can you help the Foodbank? The…
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Current news and updates.
We continue to pray for the people of Ukraine, and also for those in Russia. Let’s also remember the countless other people in Yemen, Syria and so many other countries in our trouble world.
Click here for a letter from our Archbishops.
Click here for a form of prayer from the 24-7 Prayer group (Lectio 365)
The On The Way process continues moving towards the next meeting with the Episcopal College where the Deanery Plan will be discussed. The On The Way teams are now working to finalise the plan having gained support for the process from Deanery Synod following on from the succesful roadshow presentations.
Dates for your prayers please!
Monday 16th May 4pm Episcopal College will meet with the Rural Dean
Monday 20th June 1130am Bishop’s Sign Off
Thursday 30 June 7pm Deanery Synod Sign Off
The timelines are tight, and we must be in no doubt that our churches will be forever changed by this process. We know that the models of church that we have are no longer serving us well, so we must seek and implement new structures that are fruitful and sustainable for the future.
You can help in the following ways
- Join in the discussions as they happen
- Pray for us all to understand how the church in this area can be fruitful and sustainable:
- Use the On The Way prayer in your daily prayers
- Attend the Diocese On The Wayprayer meeting every Thursday at 0830hrs using this Zoom link
- Other updates are now available on the Deanery website – click here to visit that page.
- You can find out more about On the Way on the Diocesan website here that includes a video from Bishop Philip.
- Bishop Philip recently gave a very pertinent Presidential Address at the recent Diocesan Synod meeting where he shared his vision of the Church in Cornwall. Read it in full here.
Details of our regular Sunday worship and church life online in midweek and on Sunday evening, can be found here. Our online services are led by Rev Lynn and the Ministry Team using Zoom software. These include morning and evening prayer and are on most days of the week. Please contact Rev Lynn if you would like to join us, there is no requirement to live within our benefice, you would be most welcome! With our now having services in both in church and online on Zoom, we have become a “hybrid” church – a church that recognises that it is the being together that counts, more than where you are sitting, to worship God. (Photo by Joshua Eckstein on Unsplash)
Home Groups will be launching in the Benefice this September. Those of you who have previously been involved in such groups will know that Home Groups are an important part of nurturing a church community, they keep the fire of faith burning between Sundays and therefore raise the spiritual temperature that we start from on a Sunday – we’ve already seen this effect through the weekday Zoom services.
The groups will meet weekly at a time to suit the group members and each group would have 6-8 people. The groups can use the time to discuss that week’s sermon, for prayer and fellowship.
Home Groups need a leader and a host, this may be the same person or it may be two people who pair up to run a Home Group. Hospitality (Gospeltality!) is a key part of this; however it doesn’t need to take place in someone’s home. Zoom could also be used to help accessibility for a group – although that does make offering coffee and cake slightly harder!
Thank you to those who have responded, we do have space for more groups though. Once our leaders are in place, we will be looking for group members. If leading is not for you, at this moment, do keep an eye out for information on how to join a group.
Rev. Laura in Windsor
Rev. Laura has just returned from an exhilirating week at St. George’s House, Windsor where she represented the faith sector at the Windsor Leadership Trust (WLT). The WLT was a process started by the late Prince Philip to “effect change for the better in our society by nurturing wisdom through dialogue”. From this WLT was created to focus on the top levels of leadership as the need for exceptional leadership to tackle the big issues in society become apparent.Please read the full details in the monthly newsletter.
Our local communities have lots of plans for this celebration. The final day of the four day Platinum Jubilee celebration, Sunday 5 June, is also Pentecost Sunday. We are asked to invite our community to church – that’s where the Queen spends time in worship each Sunday, so it makes a perfect end to four fantastic days celebrating her faith and service.
Make the connection between the Queen’s 70 years of service, her Coronation anointing and the Holy Spirit anointing available to everyone.
Our services that day will be:
10am Holy Communion at Sheviock
10am Morning Prayer at Downderry
7pm Evening Worship on Zoom
- Our monthly newsletter can be read/downloaded here.
The next Messy Church at St Germans Priory will be Saturday 7th May, 10-12 noon.
Pub theology continues online, now moved to Monday evening, monthly.
- St Nics lunches
- Community lunch Wednesday 18th May at 12 noon
- St Germans Priory
- Next concert – Valley Voices, Friday 20th May at 7.30pm. For other events please follow the link
- Meetings….. St Germans APCM will be on Sunday 8th May after the service at The Priory.
- Click here for details of the events above.
- Covid restrictions – we are currently reviewing our policies in the light of the forthcoming removal of restrictions. We remain mindful of the government emphasis on all of us taking care of our own well being and safety. Our policies are designed to respect those in our congregations who are more vulnerable, and those who wish to continue with the restrictions. Mindful of the anxieties from our congregation and visitors, the churches have a responsibility to support public health. We will therefore continue to strongly encourage all our visitors to wear face coverings, sanitise hands and register with the Test and Trace system when visiting or worshiping.
- In addition, our worship patterns will remain the same. We will continue with singing of hymns, but with masks, which may be uncomfortable.
- Holy Communion will continue to be in one kind (the bread) only. We will continue to remain in our seats for the sharing of the peace.
- We will continue our strict cleaning regimes.
- All our churches are open to visitors as places of interest, prayer and reflection.
- We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and may change our advice as deemed necessary.
There are many options for worship and prayer online….
Or you could still listen to one of the many radio options – Radio 4, Radio Cornwall offer services on a Sunday around 8am.
Or you could look at: Church of England website that now has more services to join – or at many churches and cathedrals up and down the country who have other offerings
A very good resource is https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online
Browse a whole range of prayers you can choose from to read – or listen to:
Or using your computer, tablet or phone (as you prefer) and from your web browser access morning and evening prayer using this link:
Click here and choose what you need.
To read or hear the prayer for today, click on this link: http://cofe.io/TodaysPrayer
Browse around the various pages and you’re sure to find something that interests you.
Alternatively download an App for your tablet or phone. Church House Publishing or provide a number of these Apps and these can be downloaded from https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/daily-prayer
Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:
In the Parish: Rev. Laura Bushell-Hawke, Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, 01503 230676 (vicarage number, messages will be forwarded)
In the Diocese: Sarah Acraman Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, 01872 274351
Out of Hours for after 5pm and weekends: 01208 251300
In an emergency situation:
Local Authority Children’s Social Care: 0300 123 1116
Local Authority Adult’s Social Care: 0300 1234131
Parish Priest: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker – main point of contact for all matters
Curate: Rev. Laura Bushell-Hawke
Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Rosemary Stevenson
Readers/Licensed Lay Ministers: Richard Laugharne, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters, Matt Frost
For weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne
Children’s work: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, Evelyn Reed, David Watters, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, Rev Laura Bushell-Hawke
Messy Church: Evelyn Reed
For buildings and general parish enquiries: the Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Rosemary Stevenson
For Safeguarding: Rev Laura Bushell-Hawke
Pastoral Visitors Team: Pat Paxton
Parish Giving Scheme: Paul Gribble
Finances: the Treasurer, Paul Gribble
Electoral Roll: Rosemary Stevenson
Enquiries about individual churches:
Downderry: Andrew Pidgen
Hessenford: Fran Moore
St Germans: Richard Laugharne
Tideford: Evelyn Reed
Deanery Synod Reps: David Watters, Rosemary Stevenson and Paul Gribble
Cashiers: Peter Daw – St Germans; Tim Pullin – Downderry; Hugh Parker – Tideford and Fiona Bristow – Hessenford.
Additional PCC Members from May 2020
Tim Pullin, Stephen Guffick, Tilly Thompson, Yvonne Byles, Hugh Parker, Susan Booth, Dawn Couling, Fiona Bristow, and Bill Woods.
The St Germans Priory Trust: www.stgermanspriory.info
Hire of the Church Hall in Hessenford: http://www.hessenford.net
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~ News and Events in the Parish ~
We are starting to reintroduce our public events, whilst some continue online.
St Nic’s Lunches
Much progress has been made by Sandra Pearce and her team towards getting the lunches going again. The next event(s) is/are:
Community Lunch on Wednesday 18th May
Contact Sandra on 01503 250798 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a space
As always, no charge, but donations welcome.
Zoom Pub Theology
Now running monthly
A chance to discuss ideas and thoughts about all matter of things theological.
After a short introduction of 5 minutes (or more), the conversation is open.
Meet via Zoom from 7.30 – 8.30pm first Monday of the month, starting June 7th
Topics: TBA….please let Richard have any suggestions
For a Zoom link or enquiries or suggestions, ring Richard Laugharne (01503-230333) or email on email@example.com
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2022 Events at St Germans Priory Church
Friday May 20th – Valley Voices Concert – 7.30pm
Sunday 5th June – May Tree Fair
Wednesday 22nd June – East Cornwall Bach Choir Rehearsal
Friday 24th June – St Barnabas Trust Schools
Saturday 25th June – East Cornwall Bach Choir concert
Friday 30th September – Evensong with Bishop Nicholas and Bishop Hugh.
Bell ringing practice every Thursday evening
Messy Church first Saturday each month
Phone 01503 230676 (Rev Lynn Parker – main contact)
The parish address for email is:
firstname.lastname@example.org (main contact)
St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford services
If you are able, please consider a donation to help the work of the church in our community by clicking on the logo:
Details of our services are given below.
Our online services continue, details also below.
We are continuing to practice social distancing, wearing of masks, hand sanitising etc., respecting those in our congregations who are more vulnerable.
Please refer to main page for further details.
All services are at 10am unless otherwise noted
|1st Sunday||1st May||Sheviock||Holy Communion at 10am|
|Easter 3||1st May||Downderry||Morning Prayer at 10am|
|1st May||Online||Worship at 7pm|
|2nd Sunday||8th May||St Germans||Holy Communion at 10am|
|Easter 4||8th May||Antony||BCP Morning Prayer at 10am|
|8th May||Online||Worship at 7pm|
|3rd Sunday||15th May||Downderry||Holy Communion at 10am|
|Easter 5||15th May||Sheviock||Holy Communion at 10am|
|15th May||Online||Worship at 7pm|
|4th Sunday||22nd May||Antony||BCP Holy Communion at 10am|
|Easter 6||22nd May||St Germans||Morning Prayer at 10am|
|22nd May||Online||Worship at 7pm|
|5th Sunday||29th May||St Germans||Holy Communion at 10am|
|Easter 7 – United Benefice Service||29th May||Online||Worship at 7pm|
Regular weekday services:
|Every Tuesday||10am||Tideford||Holy Communion|
|Every Thursday||10am||Hessenford||Morning Prayer|
Our online services are as below:
|Mondays||7pm||Evening or Night prayer|
|Thursdays||7pm||Evening or Night prayer|
|Saturdays||7pm||Evening or Night prayer|
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All our churches are open for private prayer.
A good resource for prayers and services is https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online
The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.
The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:
- the Archdeaconry of Bodmin (est. 1878): includes Deaneries of Trigg Minor and Bodmin, East Wivelshire, Stratton, Trigg Major, and West Wivelshire
- the Archdeaconry of Cornwall: includes Deaneries of St Austell, Carnmarth North, Carnmarth South, Kerrier, Penwith, Powder and Pydar
The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:
Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.
St Germans Group Parish PCC as from February 2020
Permanent members of the PCC
The Vicar – Rev Canon Lynn Parker
LayChair – Rosemary Stevenson
Secretary – Evelyn Reed
Treasurer – Paul Gribble
Paul Gribble and Bill Woods
Downderry: Andrew Pidgen
Hessenford: Fran Moore
Tideford: Sue Merrick
St Germans: Richard Laugharne
Downderry: Sue Booth, Jenny Daniels Cashiers: Tim Pullin
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles, Dawn Couling. Cashier: Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Sue Merrick, Evelyn Reed. Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford: Hugh Parker. Cashier: Peter Daw
Deanery Synod Reps:
Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters. Bill Woods